headquarters in geneva. lakhdar brahimi knows how far both sides are apart. both sides are blaming each other for violence in the old city of homs. >> the regime militias in the area it has control started bombarding, and killed at least three so far, the number we have, three civilians and we have a number of injured people from the u.n. team. >> before they came back to geneva, dr. brahimi sent each page an eight-page letter demanding that they stop the fighting and start a new provisional body to govern syria. he says both sides must have the strong political will to deal with these issues and all that they require, to you courage, ps
persistence and tenacity. >> have you given that strong commitment he asks for? >> if you think we have not given him this answer a long time ago, then everyone will be mistaken. all of you will be surprised at the ideas which we shall raise when we come to discussing this one. >> ideas that don't involve -- >> of course they will not because this issue is not, this issue has never -- has never ever been put on the agenda. >> so no concession on that crucial sticking point, the future role of the assad family. and the evacuation of homs, have further soured the atmosphere here. james bays, al jazeera at the united nations in syria.
incorporate city of aleppo in particular -- northern city of aleppo has been the scene of fears fighting. the nusra front has said to have left syria's dar azir area, oil rich eastern province on monday. this follows days of heavy fighting with members of the islamic state of iraq and the levant. reports say we are not able to report from there but stephanie decker is monitoring the situation from beirut in leb no, lebanon. how have the things better than going in homs? >> over the last eight days 800 people have been evacuated from the old city of homs which has been besieged for a year and a half now.
and they have also officially said this cease fire which was supposed to be ending will be now extended for another three. we know 300 people have been evacuated so far. today we spoke to the governor of homs and he said the evacuation on sunday was so successful, they managed to get out around 600 people, it seems to have gotten the people the courage to come out. people talking about extreme hunger, very, very actuality times. so the united nations determined to get everyone out who wants to. >> let's stay on the elevation process, stephanie. we know the guidelines for the evacuation were mainly elderly, women and children as well. there are reports of young men of fighting age who are leaving as well. do we know what's happened to
them? >> reporter: that's right. this started yesterday. we had again the government of homs, basically men between age of 15 and 55 could not leave, because they are considered of fighting age. the old rebel city has been besieged, but a lot of these people have come out. it has been confirmed by the united nations, many have been coming out by their family, processed under the watchful eye of the united nations. because this was the deal that they weren't supposed to come out. they want to check who was coming out or not. there was one video who came out from outside, where one of these men were asked, why are you leaving? he said, "i'm hungry." this situation is so exprit dese inside. these men have left their weapons and are giving up the fight, we can't confirm that.
but a lot of the videos many men between those ages are coming out. >> a reflection of the dire conditions not only in hoamtion homhoms butelsewhere. stephanie decker reporting from beirut. yemen has agreed to transform the makeup of the country. now will be split into six rebel regions. ahadi says the agreement will be written into a new constitution which will be voted on later this year. mohamed val reports. >> this division of yemen has come after several months of difficult discussions at national dlieg between all of -- dialogue between all the aishes in the country. this is their third various of the start -- third anniversary of the start of the uprising,
many yemenis consider this a giant step ahead and one of their important roots of this change, when abdul afar left power. former situation, the why republic and that has been seen as the least of many evils. this choice in which every part of the country is given its own right to administer its rights to its wealth or internal administration, or the state would face disintegration. fighting the government in the northern area and al qaeda and tribes taking up arms. so this is seen as the best choice for yemen at the moment. >> three al jazeera journalists detained in egypt will make their first court appearance
next week. charged with having links to a terrorist organization. the international pressure on egypt to release the journalists is gaining mowms. >> mohamed fahmy, peter greste and baher mohamed are expected to have their first court appearance on monday. al jazeera rejects the charges and is and inning their un, and immediate release. >> we categorically deny they were involved in any kind of malicious spreading of lies about egypt or coordinating with an organization.
>> mohamed fahmy has worked for cnn, new york times and the red cross. he's also an accomplished author. and baher mohamed is a freelance producer who spent most of last year working for al jazeera. their detention by the egyptian authorities have sparked a global social media campaign. the hashtag #free jample aj stae been demanding their release and for the end to the crack down on journalists. >> no one outside the military, believed in these charges. because we have been accustomed in this area of tunisia hosne mubarak, any international
standards and will not be by any credible institutions or governments or democratic governments. >> abdalla alsami has not been charged. allegations over spreading false news, bringing egypt into disrepute and exier conspiring h terrorists. al jazeera america has covered all the stories and posted all the channel's reports on its website. >> turkey and israel are closer than ever to making up. relations between the two countries soured when israel raided a turkish aid shim in --n 2010. taking. >> greg: goods to the besieged
gaza strip. >> translator: bilateral talks are under way. of course apart from the compensation lifting the embargo and lifting humanitarian aid to gaza, the situation in gaza has been worsening, of the utmost importance to the steps that will be taken. >> the speaker of the parliament, convoy targeted by road side bomb in the neighborhood south of mosul. armed group says it is behind a suicide attack that killed two nato contractors.
for a strike on three gas appliance in southwestern belugistan . damage to the pipeline has cut power off from millions of people. the head of the gas company says the appliance running through central pk pakistan will take to weeks to fix. staying in pakistan two days of talks between the governments, parts of a continuing peace process. >> the committees have requested both sides to is take care and to provide any violent activities which can suffer, which can spoil these negotiation process.
>> the united nations inspectors say their probe into allegations iran has worked on nuclear weapons still has a long way to go. iran says it is not looking to build such weapons and agreed on sunday to answer some questions on suspicions that it worked on a detonate that could se settlef a nuclear charge. development three years ago. authorities in carmona's southern donguan city, alleged prostitution. 67 people were taken away by police for investigation after the raid on sunday. that followed a weekend report by china's central television which said there was a flourishing sex trade on the city. lots more to come on the al jazeera news hour, we will be reporting on just how desperate
the fighting is,. occupied west bank where activists are taking a new approach to fighting occupation. in sports, germany's ski queen moves one step closer to an olympic record. day 3 highlights from sochi coming up. >> eu leaders have been vocal for their criticism, they say the result violates the principle of freedom of movement. but those who voted in favor of the chaifng say migration -- change say migration was becoming a problem that was no longer to be ignored. simon mcgregor-wood reports. >> switzerland must now change its laws. there will be a quota of
immigration. switzerland's relationship with the eu. >> i think we have enseen throughout europe a growth in extreme right agenda which is quite xenophobic, causes difficulty for the free movement of people in europe, which is a cornerstone of what the european union is about. >> unemployment is low but it is reliant on foreign workers. 25% of the population is foreign. and some swiss claim mie migrans have forced health and education. the right wing swiss people's party pushed the vote. german and italian-speaking swiss tended to vote for tighter
controls, french ones, against. >> people are afraid that immigrants will come here en masse and take their jobs. which in my opinion is wrong. >> i voted no because we are at the heart of europe, maybe switzerland is a laboratory of europe and what will happen here in the coming year. >> that is a genuine fear. crer-- concern about immigratios growing here in the eu, ahead of elections from the european plairm in may. it is -- parliament in may. they cannot let the swiss vote go without renegotiating its relationship. but they must are mindful that millions of european voters share swiss concerns over immigration. punishing them too hard may play into the hands of those who want to follow their lead. simon mcgregor-wood, al
jazeera. >> we'll talk to lutze stam who joins me now from better thane. betteberne.are you confident ths economy can do without all these people? after all, one in five workers, something like are migrants, a large of them highly skilled, pretty important i would have thought to your economy. >> sooner immigration is always important. but the immigration switzerland has had in these last years, that is above all proportions. it's. biggemany, many -- much, muchbi. starting to have a could be. [simultaneous speech] >> it is clear. it is clear. oh, and we also start to have a negative immigration.
it's like the tendencies you see in germany and france and italy, et cetera, especially immigrate britain. if you have totally open borders, if you happen to be a rich country that really is your disadvantage if everybody come and too many people come. >> now it's highly likely that this referendum result on the weekend, and narrow vote for the yes campaign, is going to affect negatively switzerland's pretty close relationship with the european union, particularly as far as trade goes. are you concerned about that? >> you know, the main point is, switzerland is not a member of the european union. open markets and open borders for trade, that is one thing. immigration, obviously, is a totally different thing. i mean every other couple canned new zealand -- >> yes, already reacted to the result saying you simply can't have them all your way, you take
them all, leave them all, referring to agreements signed with the european union. you can't decide to catch immigration but still have all the benefits of free trade. >> but that's a very strange argument. we have agreements with the european unions. we have open markets. and nobody is against this. but immigration is a different thing. europe cannot, a third country, an outside country, has to have the same rules. the european union cannot impose their rules of free immigration to other outside countries. that's an impossibility. >> just for the sake of clarity, then, finally, is it your position and the position of the yes comparison generally that what you -- yes campaign generally is that you want to cap the number coming in from the european union but you don't want to change your relationship with the european union? >> that is correct, totally
correct. if the european union wants free movement of persons between estonia and portugal, between england and ireland, that is their things, between new york and los angeles i understand that but they have to understand switzerland is an independent country and if we are overrun, if we have a migration much, much higher than any other country in the world then we have a right to say we have to have in a certain way a break and stop and discuss what kind of new system do we have. >> okay, luzi stamm, thank you very much, a member of the are parliament joining us from berne. thousands of people have arrived in bo bos botion ne bosf the worst unrest the balkan
country has seen since the end of the bosnian war. french president many francois hollande begins a trip to the united states. jackie roland reports from the french capital, paris. >> a familiar landmark in an unfamiliar location. it's often forgotten that the statute of liberty is one of a pair. a gift to the united states. which helped it win its independence. now under barack obama and hollande, french policy and united states policy are lining up again. after french troops had pushed back al qaeda-backed rebels.
now being pursued by france which makes hollande a key ally. >> he is increasingly a very important consulate for obama in areas where they, the french, have far deeper ties, historic ties, maybe better intelligence, which will be north africa, french speaking west africa, mali, iran, where the french have never cut off diplomatic relations. to attend peace talks but they backed off putting military pressure on the syrian regime. american comedians have jokily referred to the french as cheesy surrender monkeys. again air strikes against syria looked imminent last year it was
the americans not the french who got cold feet first. confidence was shaisen by the nsa -- shaken by the nsa scandal. no reports for example of president hollande's mobile phone being tapped. >> we know that the french ambassador was backed in washington, d.c. and we never got real satisfactory answers. but politics is politics and they have common interest to show that they are close to each other and that they understand each other. >> and so the old alliance between france and the united states is evolving into a new partnership. one based on pragmatism and shared global interests. jackie roland, al jazeera, paris. >> more from us in europe a little later in this news hour. for now back to fazia in doha.
>> thank you jonathan. to end the crisis in south sudan has been interrupted. those of salva kiir and riek machar. hadar abdu abdul ha madmad repo. i'm hungry, i walk through the bush day and night without food or water, the sun was burning my head, i am old. six of my children have been killed. >> like many complain their stomach rumbles with hunger tall time. they are dinkas, rebels loyal the former vice president riek machar attacked villages.
they left everything behind and settled down, wherever they could find some shade. almost every tree however the eye can see, has a family under it. >> we can say 150,000 but we don't know. we are still counting them and trying to estimate. but still it is not really easy to get an estimation, it is a lot. >> reporter: the overwhelming majority are women and children, the men stayed behind, some to protect their homes, others are fighting and many died. first by foot then by boat, all of the displaced here come from war county which is just across the river. more keep on arriving every day even though some are making the return journey, but just temporarily. >> he has decided to go check his home now that government
forces have recaptured bor. >> my uncles of 110 years, all killed, children are also killed. the cattle are taken, the goats are taken. their food are others are roped. >> reporter: john is hoping to be back before sunset. like many here he does not trust a cease fire agreement signed in addis ababa two weeks ago. are are al jazeera, south sudan. helping fight drug cartels. and watch out hollywood. a new movie making super-power is poised to take on the world. in sports: could reel madrid set up a copa delrey final? details a little later with sana
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headlines this hour. the syrian government has reiterated its stance that terrorism is the greatest threat facing the government and the region. the government of bashar al-assad is to blame for the situation in syria. the second round of peace talks started in geneva on monday. yemen becomes the first middle eastern country to make such a move, the agreement will be put into a new constitution which according to the president will be volted on within a year. -- voted on within a year. trial will be set for three al jazeera journalists who are detained in egypt. mohamed fahmy, peter greste and baher mohamed. al jazeera rejects claims and demands their immediate and unconditional release. after battle with a powerful
drug gang, pushed into the city with the help of police and soldiers. adam rainy has more. >> the supposed are strong hold, it's been a year since the scrimmagvinlanvigilantes rose u. vij lan teasvijvigilantes, . >> i know you're afraid, but everything will turn out good. no more murders, no more extortions, no threats, no more beatings, and without giving the fruit of our labor to these
bandits. >> soldiers into the state to try and take back control from both the cartel and the vigilantes, some vigilantes were even killed in clashes with the military. in the end throw the government made a truce with the self-defense groups. now it's even directing hundreds of them into a police force, the knights templar promised development aid to the state. with so many armed groups on the loose though, it is going to be hard for the government to ever fully control this rural and rugged state. adam rainey, al jazeera, mexico city. >> bolivia, at least four people were killed after 15 homes were buried. rescuers are searching for nine people still missing.
flooding have serged homes. congolese military man, known as the terminator, charges related to violence committed more than ten years ago. now the hearing will determine whether there is enough evidence to formally charm ntignata with war crimes between 2002 and 2003. after years spent with rebel groups he was made a general in the congolese army in 2009 but he defected in 2012 leading a mutiny and becoming a leader of the new military group known as m-23. but after losing a power struggle he handed himself in at rwanda last year. he was transferred to the hague
where he is currently being held. he has denied all of the allegations. eu foreign ministers have reiterated offers of foreignen n assistance to ukraine. >> eu foreign policy chief katherine ashton complete with ukrainians last week. >> the importance of stopping any form of violence bringing to justice those who have perpetrated that violence and moving forward to the work of the parliament, on constitutional reform, which is a key part of trying to solve this crisis, and onward to free
and fair elections. linked to that the importance of supporting the economic challenges of the country, requires reform, we've always said that. requires them to do a great deal but to make sure that they understand that we are supportive of trying to ensure that the people of ukraine go forward. >> now, staying in ukraine, there is concern over the practice of illegal mining. it is big business but it is taking a deadly toll. hundreds of miners are being killed each year and now, the coal is sold into the black market. eastern ukraine. >> illegal mines like this one produce up to 10 million tons of coal every year. they have mushroomed around the area in eastern ukraine. the coal is being dug out at a fifth of the cost it takes to labor in state mines.
up to $18 a day for the most dangerous in the country. >> we dig in the hole in the ground with our hands. >> the shallow dug shafts have crudely constructed supports. it is estimated hundreds die in them every year. 75% of ukraine's official coal mines are classified as dangerous. but these are legal mines, you can see conditions here are absolutely lethal. the nearby soviet apartment blocks are turning into ghost towns, abandoned. she now has nothing to help her bring up her four children and her eldest son is now following this his father's footsteps. >> they durchl dumped us in the. four miners were even are fished out of a pond here.
>> reporter: a lead story in the newspaper, afternoon attack on their editor. the paper answe's campaign to ee corruption, the law of the thugs, succeed in breaking his leg. >> i was attacked and beaten by two unknown persons. they used a sledgehammer and a metal baton against me. >> illegal mines are run by police who a blind eye. alexei, the hero of socialist labor, digging out 102 tons of coal in six hours. now used to dump the bodies of the men killed in the surrounding illegal mines. david chater, exr ukraine.
despite protests from around the world, giraffe was cut up and killed. copecopenhagen authorities say t was necessary. flood crisis worsens, homes in the tens valley have been inundated. forecasters are warning of more rains, which will push the levels of the thames even higher. to the winter olympics in russia now. day 3 aand it seems that it's not only the competition which is heating up, it's so warm that
some competitors have had to put snow down their suits to cool off. organizers say they're prepared and have been stockpiling snow. it's not just the weather that has proven to be difficult in sochi, rory challenge sent this report from sochi. >> sochi is doing something that's supposedly not coming naturally to russians. she's smiling. an alien concept here. >> learning, we have a special restaurant with the russian food. >> the student is one of hundreds of russian volunteers helping olympic visitors arriving at the airport. it makes her proud to show
foreigners, to belie the feelings they may be expecting. >> very friendly and it's very good chance for us. >> the russian hospitality can be felt by anyone who spends time here. but this tends to only come with familiarity and smiling too much is often viewed with suspicion. reiterations actually have a saying: what that means, is laughter without reason is a sign of stupidity. aware that sochi's service industry might need some instruction on what international visitors might expect, in the run-up to the games the new russian olympic university, hospitality courses for hoteliers. something seems to be working. >> i've heard numerous people
saying hello. and when asked them how they were doing, they didn't give me a laundry list of complaints which i understand what they would typically do. so that's got to be good. the experience i've had and the experiences we've had are that they're just like folks in oklahoma. warm, spirited, loving, their children are caring and very friendly. >> the kind of enthusiasm demanded by the olympic games, may not come entirely naturally as russians. but perhaps that's a good thing. rory challenge, al jazeera, sochi. >> that's it from us in europe. for now, back to fazia in doha. >> all your sports news are ahead.
>> welcome to al jazeera america. we want to take you live to sochi, russia, the home of this year's winter olympics. so far the united states has two gold medals and three bronze medals, women singles luge is underway. before the winter games, sochi had been hurting economically. dating back to the collapse of the soviet union. the olympics have brought some money into sochi but not enough. rory challenge has more.
>> several times a day, he goes to fetch water. especially when bearing her heavy load. but the trips are necessary, because the taps in her house are dry. >> they keep promising and promising that we'll get running water. when we redecorated the house we put in the sink because we had hopes. >> this is a village just 15 minutes dry -- drive from downtown sochi. but residents tell me it might as well be in a different century. >> we live in the middle ages. they come and promise everything before the elections then they forget. >> i need to bath my babies every day. how can i do it? we take our children to the maven square to see the new sochi and enjoy the atmosphere, then we return to our homes and the excitement vanishes. >> you can see their points. down in the resorts where the
plazas teem with olympic visitors this is where everything seems shiny and new. this is where the $51 billion has been invested. but around the corner from our hotel there are neighborhoods when sewage runs down unfinished roads. well this is something that people in sochi have had to get quite used to, power cuts. the electricity has been off for a couple of hours. the generator is keeping the hot water going but look, lights are off, nothing. last week, foreign journalists arriving to cover the games, reported stories of unfinished hotel rooms and comments in disarray. according to this blogger many were lies, spread to confirm russian incompetence.
>> i found also on internet, like photos that was made about two years ago, and now journalists tell us that this photo they are not. >> but doesn't care whether foreign journalists are pursuing an anti-russian agenda or not. she just wants her taps to work. rory challenge, al jazeera, sochi. governor nathan diehl, spending the night inside in atlanta, georgia. >> we're not looking back, we're looking forward. the next three days are going to be challenging for the state for local government and private entities. we want to make sure that we are as prepared as upon and we can
respond as quickly as possible. >> georgia state of emergency covering 14 counties. reporting many schools in atlanta area are already closing their classes. what a difference two weeks makes. how different is that going to be? >> narrow area that you have to watch because we will see that snow and ice developing. right now it's fairly quiet, just a little mix here, developing and taking shape, and it will start to bring a lot of warm air up and the cold air is in place. so throughout this area there's winter weather advisors and the winter storm warning, this is a winter storm watch as this area will move in, this is the area of concern, the temperatures are in the 40s in atlanta, alabama 49°, memphis just dropped to 42. you get that rain falling into that air which is below freezing. this is picked up by the computer forecast.
now overnight tonight, you see how this area expands and you're getting the rain coming down above freezing but right through here is that sleet and fleeing rain where it's cold enough, it's all snow. there's more ice than snow here, this area will push east throughout tomorrow. mix during the day on tuesday, overnight tonight and early, tomorrow, a narrow band of notice somsnow,we'll see that ig tomorrow morning's commute, del. thank you it was just four years ago that haiti was inundated by a devastating earthquake. cath turner reports. >> outside the mental hospital they wait and watch. it can take hours to see a doctor or nurse and the line keeps getting longer.
another man brought in his hands and legs bound together restrained in the back of a vehicle. he is virtually ignored for several minutes, until someone notices he's thirsty. this is combined capacity of just over 300. >> we're overwhelmed. there are not enough doctors for the patients. there are only 30 psychiatrists in the country and 23 have a private practice. that leaves seven psychiatrists for 10 million people. >> reporter: dr. girard let us film him on his daily rounds of the hospital. dozens of people, the various are levels of distress. dilutional and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, epilepsy and drug related illnesses. almost all of them related to the earthquake, most will go untreated. >> i'm really worried and concerned because people come for help that sometimes we can't
provide. >> the earthquake displaced around 1.5 million haitians, based on its own research the international organization of migrants estimates 70% of those people are in need of some kind of hem for mental health services. before the disaster there was no mental health system. most people thought being mentally ill meant you were crazy. the fallout from the earthquake forced it into the open. 50% of its budget to help and of that only 3% is spent on mental health services. the other obstacle is culture. patients often turn to religious and spiritual leaders knot medical professionals. >> you -- not medical professionals. >> you go to see a person with vovoodoo. living with mental issues.
>> the continued neglect of haiti's mentally ill population is yet another challenge by a nation haunted by one of the worst natural disasters in history. cath turner, al jazeera, haiti. in greenville, texas, a church encourages it. >> reporter: the signs and pictures on the wall are misleading. sure, people are sing and having a good time but the only spirit these folks indulge in is the holy spirit. >> this old place used to be a bar. >> reporter: now it's the home of top rail cowboy church. the christian congregation is outside the realm of what people think as church. >> we try to model it around
that working cowboy who has to tend some horses. he's okay coming into church with some stuff on his boots. >> far more boots than loafers here. and women come in with jeans and boots too. >> more than twontd cowboy 200 s started in the lone star state. >> alabama, oklahoma, louisiana, i think we even have some up in montana. >> the church embraces rural and cowboy culture. >> it's the right culture, the right personality fit for me and my family. it's greatly. >> i'm not going to be judged here and i wear a cross in my ear a lot of times, like a brother's church, people look at you. >> like the number of cowboy churches nationwide, the top real cowboy church is growing,
currently so, it's being renovated to increase seating capacity. pets are welcomed. >> even a horse or two. that's when you know in cowboy church when the horse makes the prayer list. >> my extended family. this is my family away from home and this is where i can come and praise god and i can be myself praising god. >> the growth of cowboy churches as he sees it more people are going to church who weren't before. brandon trutling, al jazeera greenville. america is marking the 50th anniversary of the british invasion. request ♪ oh yeah i tell you something ♪ >> in the u.k, al jazeera, birth place of that band that changed
rock 'n' roll forever. >> it is from this northern england port city of liverpool where the legend of the beatles began. the merzy, is characterized by lots of guitar. more number 1 hits than anywhere in the world. 56 so far according to the guinness book of records. billy from the band the merzy beats, the merchant sailors and nearby american military bases imported the sounds that influenced them all. >> it was a combination of all these sounds that we had, all the bands in britain plus the association with all these people from back and forth to america, bringing us these stray records that no one else in the country had. so that meant a great deal. >> but the sea port is all but
dried up and liverpool is facing hard times. luckily the beatles are a big industry here. a british government analysis shows liverpool gets $400 million a year from music tourism. from all over the world they come to see where it all began. >> this is the place where paul mccartney first met 1 17-year-old john le len lennnon. >> it was liverpool that made the beatles, and not vice versa. >> it's clear the moment you step off the plane to when you check into a hotel, this is beatles territory. >> they may have traveled far
and wide, cor coming conquered . phil ledder, al jazeera, liverpool. the dow jones posted it's best week, janet yellen's testimony before congress tomorrow. consumers are paying a little bit less, according to the lundberg survey, the average price for a gallon of gas is $3.29. the cheapest gas will be found in montana, there a gallon of gas can sells for $2.99 a gallon, or as we like to say, $3 a gallon. i'm del walters. you can check out news by just